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Measuring and Improving Our Environmental Footprint

Karen Weil

The data has been collected and numbers have been crunched, and we are proud to announce the publication of our 2019 Environmental Snapshot. This annual infographic has been a one-page representation of some of the many metrics we monitor when evaluating our environmental performance over the past few years. It’s been fun for our team to look back to see how much we’ve improved and how our focus has shifted to different aspects of sustainability over time. The snapshot also showcases some of the work we’ve done throughout the previous year and the results of specific initiatives.

Some of the highlights of the 2019 Environmental Snapshot include:

  • We purchased 12% more FSC®-Certified paper than in 2018;
  • We continued to streamline workflows to reduce energy use;
  • Our ongoing switch to LED lighting at all of our facilities has (so far) helped save 920 metric tons of CO2e;
  • We saved the equivalent greenhouse gas of driving 531,712 miles;
  • Our annual corporate carbon footprint (in C02e metric tons) went down for the third year in a row.

One area where our sustainability and environmental efforts flourished this past year was our commitment to recycling. We were amazed what the company was able to recycle. Here of some of the numbers we pulled for the snapshot:

  • 9,118 trash bags of waste recycled;
  • 1,687 tons of cardboard recycled;
  • 19,138 tons of paper recycled;
  • 310 tons of plastic recycled.

We continue to partner with businesses and organizations like NEPCon, CANOPY, DOMTAR, and  Printing Industry Midwest for best practices, latest research, and environmental products. Their support, standards, and innovation help us to continue to raise the bar and improve our efforts.

Our Environmental Council, represented by employees across multiple departments and all locations, works hard throughout the year and meets quarterly to discuss ways to improve and engage employees in our sustainability efforts. The results you see in the 2019 Environmental Snapshot would not be possible without their leadership. And speaking of leadership, I’d like to take a moment to thank IWCO Direct’s leadership for their support for becoming more and more environmentally friendly and sustainable. And, of course, all of our employees play a huge role in achieving these results and deserve a round of applause.

If you have questions about our 2019 Environmental Snapshot or our sustainability efforts, or if you have ideas on how we can become even more environmentally responsible as a company, feel free to contact me. I can’t wait to see what we’ll be able to achieve next year, and I hope you’ll all join me in doing our best to see our numbers improve even more.

link https://www.iwco.com/blog/2020/09/09/2019-environmental-snapshot-highlights/
Karen Weil

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Karen Weil

Director of Procurement and graduate of Mankato State University (now Minnesota State University, Mankato). Bringing the “together we can achieve excellence” philosophy to IWCO Direct for more than 15 years and the direct marketing industry for nearly 35. Favorite award or recognition: Raising three terrific boys. Enjoys photography, reading, and watching Minnesota Wild, Gopher Hockey, and Minnesota Loon games.

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